N.Y. Lifts Capacity at Indoor Venues as Covid Rate Declines

New York will boost capacity limits at museums and movie theaters starting April 26 as positive test rates for Covid-19 fall to pre-holiday lows, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Visitor capacity at museums and zoos across the state will increase to 50%, while movie theaters will be able to fill 33% of their seats, Cuomo said. He also added that capacity at large indoor arenas like Madison Square Garden will be lifted to 25%.

As of April 18, the state had a seven-day average positivity rate of 2.85%, the lowest since Nov. 13, Cuomo said.

While raising the limits is a positive for many the state’s businesses, it does little to help New York City’s beleaguered theater district. According to a number of industry insiders, Broadway venues must operate at capacity or very close to it to sell enough tickets for shows to operate at a profit.

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